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“Good food/service, problems with large group bill” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Sofi Restaurant

Sofi Restaurant
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Ranked #312 of 9,467 Restaurants in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$31 - US$50
Cuisines: Italian, International
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining style: Casual Dining
Neighbourhood: Downtown / The Loop
Cross street: Harrison and Polk
Spencer
Level Contributor
33 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Good food/service, problems with large group bill”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 March 2014

The food and desserts were uniformly excellent. I showed up a little late to meet up with a party of seven, all of us attendees at a nearby conference. We all ordered different things; some had coffee and dessert, some had appetizers, others had entrees without appetizers . . . in other words, we all racked up very different bills. But the wait staff member, otherwise accommodating and friendly, acted as if he'd never dealt with separate checks before, and paying the bill became a bit problematic. For those of us required to submit an expense account, it was impossible to get an itemized bill acceptable to our various employers for reimbursement. An otherwise most enjoyable meal became fraught with problems, and nobody left particularly happy. So I'd recommend this restaurant with a caveat: If you need separate checks, be sure to ask for them up front.

Visited March 2014
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Wheaton
1 review
“I think something has Changed at this once favorite spot - chef ???”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 February 2014

Wine we ordered was out, appetizer out, entrée out- need I say more? Food - second choice was good / not great / feel as if something has changed. /

  • Visited February 2014
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Bloomington IN
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22 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Too little, too late”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 February 2014

This was my second visit to Sofi. I'd liked it the first time so returned with a group of colleagues from the conference we were attending in Chicago. It was a terrible evening. Nothing wrong with the food, and it's a nice, intimate little place. The problem was the service. The waiter took our orders fairly soon after we'd had a chance to study the menus; we all had a first and a second course. The first course took a while too arrive, but that seemed OK, since we all expected the second would be coming right along after the first was cleared. Wrong! We sat and waited, and waited, and waited. We finished all of our wine. And waited some more. Meanwhile, the waiter was bustling around serving other tables, Finally he came around with some water and filled everyone's glass but ours -- three people at the far end of the table. We had to flag him down (with difficulty) to ask for water! FINALLY he told us that the kitchen was short handed and that the long wait was "Not his fault." Maybe not, but at the very least he could have informed us of the problem much, much earlier. In the end, our dinners took TWO HOURS from the time we arrived, the waiter insisting again that it "wasn't his fault." The service was really about the worst I've ever had anywhere. It was negligent, careless, and unpleasant. I would never, never return to this restaurant, nor would I recommend it to anyone who expects courteous service. Sofi is not some cheap chow house but a fine-dining venue, not cheap. Inexcusable carelessness.

  • Visited February 2014
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Thank erster
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London, United Kingdom
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84 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
“Don't miss this fabulous new restaurant”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 2013

This new addition to Chicago's vibrant restaurant scene is superlative. Classic Northern Italian cuisine that you can only find in the top restaurants of Milan, this beautiful new place is not to be missed. Wonderful food, wonderful service in a great setting, worth going out of your way to enjoy.

  • Visited December 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Derek H
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Chicago, Illinois
1 review
“Best food in Chicago”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 December 2013 via mobile

Very welcoming, beautiful wine and delightful food and quality .
A lovely find just round the corner from our hotel Wynham Blake.
Veal was tender and the spaghetti vongole had a fantastic flavour.
We would recommend and hope to visit again soon.

Visited December 2013
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Thank Paola G
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